Saturday, February 1, 2014

Anzel's visit to Nashville

Jenni texted me this photo today. Lisa, Chadd and Anzel stopped by her condo for breakfast this morning, on their way through town. 
Cousins: Jenni and Anzel

Dad's surgery

My Dad's been having hip pain for over a year and it has finally reached the point where it is affecting his quality of life. Dad loves to travel, swim and work in his garden. The pain has started limiting his enjoyment of these daily life activities, and he and his doctor decided it was time for some surgical intervention. 

Dad had hip replacement done on Tuesday and by Wednesday morning was up walking short distances with the help of PT as directed. He's not out of the woods yet, as this will be long and sometimes painful recovery. I am hoping and praying this surgery will give him relief and get him back to enjoying each day.

Happy 50th Bryan

Fifty years ago during a snowstorm in Memphis TN, Bryan made his debut into this world! We certainly couldn't let this year go by without celebrating our "vintage" dude. 

To kick things off, Jenni caught a plane and arrived in time to help me throw a birthday party for Bryan at our clubhouse. We invited all our local Verizon friends and a great time was had by all. Sadly, I only have a picture of the food. I guess we were all having too much fun. 

Next was the actual birth-day, so Jenni and I took Bryan out for steak and sushi at Amura, followed by dessert at Dexters. The next night we kicked some butt at WOB trivia night and won second place. If there's anything our family is great at - it's random knowledge! 

We ended the week of Bryan with a trip to meet some friends in New Orleans. Bryan was shocked, surprised and very flattered that 20 of our friends met us there to help him celebrate this milestone. It was a fabulous weekend with awesome friends!

We love you EZB, we really really love you!!

Welcome 2014!


Christmas in Florida

Never too old for Disney!
Operation - Nightmare before Christmas style!

The kids decided it would be fun to spend some of their Christmas holidays with us in Florida. They arrived on Christmas evening and we had 4 days of non-stop fun!

Jenni and Anna at House of Blues
Emri loved her Mickey cake pop
Pool/hot tub time
Morgan's carmel apple from the Candy Cauldron
Puzzle time

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 Holiday Newsletter

It's that time again, time for the annual holiday newsletter from the Hall family. 2013 was a very busy year for all of us.

Bryan continues to work for Verizon. This year he experienced some company reorganization that resulted in a job change and relocation to Lake Mary, Florida. The house in Nashville sold very quickly and after a little hotel living Bryan and Laura are settled in Heathrow, Florida. Thankfully Laura's job allows her to work remotely, and also occasionally takes her back to the home office in Nashville.

 Laura and Bryan celebrated their 30th anniversary, and also Laura's 5 year cancer free status with a relaxing trip to Key West.

Josh and Chassi stay very busy with Anna (10), Morgan (8) and Emri (6). To say this is one busy household would be an understatement. Chassi somehow keeps everyone fed, clothed, chauffeured and healthy while providing childcare in her home. She also helped a good friend with a homebirth and played nursemaid for the first 24 hours for mom and baby. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, crafts and running.

Josh continues with Vetter electric as a career, but stays very busy with lots of after work activities with the family. This spring Josh participated in the Spartan Death Race in Pittsfield, Vermont. He completed 68 hours of running, hiking, moving rocks up and down a mountain, 250 consecutive burpees, chopping wood and doing obstacles. When he hit his wall, he was crawling through a cave an had begun hallucinating. Josh discovered this is what happens to a body when you go 68 hours full force with no rest or sleep.

Anna and Morgan trained and completed their first triathlon this year, along with their cousin Michael. Anna also played softball, was in the school play, and ran her first 5K with her dad by her side. Morgan is the family gymnast and will be moving to the advanced team this winter. Morgan enjoys reading, helping her mom with the kids and continues to have a great eye for fashion. Emri started kindergarten this year and has adjusted very well. She enjoys singing, dancing and anything else that requires lots of energy.

Jenni continues her job as a nanny to Charlee and Delta Hodges (JT and Kasey are the parents). She spends her daytime hours with swim lessons, potty training and playing princess. Jenni accompanied the family with a trip to see JT play at the Grand Ole Opry this year, as well as a trip to Toronto for his filming of a holiday movie. In her spare time, Jenni loves baking, traveling, shopping, music and friends.

Laura and Jenni represented the family by attending the Hendon family reunion in Sacramento this summer. They also fit in a side trip to San Francisco and Wine Country for some precious Mom/Daughter time and shopping.

As a family, we have taken advantage of Florida life with a trip to the beach and Disney!

Our wish for you is health, happiness and lots of hugs from those you love! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dr. Wagstrom

Time again for my yearly check up with Dr. Wagstrom my plastic surgeon. Luckily I was in town for work, and called and they could fit me in. I am trying to keep my Nashville doctors and just make appointments when I am in town.

Dr. Wagstrom examined me and said my implants are doing well and to keep taking my vitamin E every day. I am clear to not see her for another year, unless something comes up.

Thank God for good check ups!

Thanksgiving in Asheville

It was the longest 8 days EVER! We packed up and headed to Asheville, NC to meet baby Anzel and celebrate Thanksgiving with the Thomas/Williams/Hall/Moore/Hancock families. Lisa and Chadd were very brave and invited 20+ of us to their house to celebrate Thanksgiving and to meet their new baby.
Jenni organized Thanksgiving dinner and everyone pitched in and helped out. It was a wonderful day full of love and laughter.

Thank you Lisa, Chadd and Anzel. We are thankful for you!

Anzel Thomas Moore

On November 20th I was working in El Paso I got a text from Lisa saying her water had broken. It sure was hard to go to work so many miles away from my baby sister that day. Luckily she has an awesome husband, mother-in law and father in-law that kept me up to date on what was going on. After some harrowing moments with delivery (emergency C-section with a few complications) Anzel Thomas Moore made his debut! Lisa and Chadd were instantly in love, as were the rest of us. Welcome Anzel to our big, loud, loving family!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 year High School Reunion

Has it really been 30 years since we graduated from High School?

We advertised on Facebook and invited any classmates that attended Chester County High School with the class of 83' to come celebrate with us. The reunion was held at Miss Ollie's in Jackson, TN. There was a definite 80s theme, and we had a really good turnout- over 70 people.

Stacy, our class president is still taking care of our class, even after 30 years. Stacy did a great job of organizing the reunion. John McCaskill led us in a wonderful prayer to kick off the evening. We then spent many hours reconnecting, eating delicious food and enjoying music that spanned the 80s-today. We paused mid way through the night to honor those classmates who served in the military, and also to remember those classmates in prayer who are no longer with us. Michael Phelps led such a heart-felt prayer, I wish I could recreate his words for my blog.

It was said more than once during the evening, that we grew up with some of the best people in the world and that statement is true. Maybe it's because we are all small town people at heart, or maybe it was special town, but my classmates have lots of heart and soul and I am always honored to spend time with them.   


I should have stopped and taken more pictures, but I was having too much fun! Amber grabbed my phone at one point and snapped these. Hopefully our professional photographer got photos of everyone there.